Power can not only bring ambitious people honors, but also make them lose everything. In the play, Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, it demonstrates that the immoral power influences the life of Macbeth dramatically. Macbeth’s abuse of power destroys his relationship with his cousin, friend, and wife, which shows that Macbeth’s wild ambition causes him to be isolated. Macbeth’s abuse of power destroys his relationship with his cousin, Duncan. It is because that Macbeth desires Duncan’s throne.
Macbeth 's Bloody Ambition “In the end, cowards are those who follow the dark side.” (Yoda). In William Shakespeare 's play Macbeth the character Macbeth feeds into his own ambition to become King, after he had this encounter with three witches and they told him, his so called destiny. Macbeth is a coward because he didn 't fight his temptation to be King, he fell for the Dark Side because he did great evil to get there. In order to become king he murders some of the closest people to him. He also later finds out that he is a difficult man to murder, so it goes to his head and he believes he 's invincible.
In Shakespeare 's Richard III, divine justice and supernatural elements are utilized in the form of prophetic dreams, curses, and ghosts which highlight Richard III guilt and ultimate demise. As a result of his physical deformity, Richard struggles to create genuine relationships with those around him. He attempts to combat fate by engaging his human agency to manipulate those around him. His position as an outcast in the English court deeply effects his view on fate and divinity. It is evident in the first three acts that Richard is vengeful toward those of "divine right".
Macbeth himself, is one of the reasons for the tragic events that occurs throughout Shakespeare 's play, Macbeth. Macbeth is known to be a dreadful hero with a troublesome flaw; his flaw, which is ambition, affects him to eventually make poor decisions guided by Lady Macbeth and the witches, and, he is manipulated to secrete his conscience which ultimately leads hims to a path of destruction and to his own death. For instance, when the witches come to tell him his three prophecies, he is Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor and will be the king hereafter, his ambition leads him to think that to be king, he must murder Duncan. He says, “My thoughts, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smothered in surmise and nothing is, but what is not” (1.3.151-154). Here Macbeth realises that what the witches have told him are still a fantasy, yet he starts to think about murdering the king to become king himself.
The rise in paranoia and insomnia leads to further problems. Macbeth feels the irrational need to cover up his tracks, and the only witness he cold suspect is Banquo. His impression of Banquo is that he has the qualities of a king, which make Macbeth anxious and jealous, “Our fears in Banquo/ Stick deep; and in his royalty of nature/ Reigns that which would be fear’d" (3.1.53-55). In fear of his own sovereignty, Macbeth quickly becomes apprehensive of Banquo’s prophecy of him being the father to forthcoming kings, “Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none” (1.3.70). Furthermore, it convinces him into believing that Banquo is a threatening enemy, and he can only be safe if Banquo is killed.
He realizes he has “fallen from grace”, the world would be against him since he had destroyed the Elizabethan order. He does not see any meaning in life and therefore detaching himself from his emotions to turn himself into a vicious murderer. Macbeth’s despair over the loss of meaning in his life is reinforced in his Act 5 Scene 5 soliloquy, where he says life “is a tale/ Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury/ Signifying nothing” (Act 5 Scene 5 lines 25-27). Macbeth comes to a point of realization that all his efforts to gain the throne are like the “sound and fury” of the tale, just acts crafted for the sake of the show without any actual outcome in the end. In exchange for kingship, he loses his “milk of human kindness” and his wife.
This use of dramatic irony shows that though the crown should show authority, when Macbeth wears the crown it displays deception. Malcolm, however, is someone who will not hide behind the crown and who deserves to hear the call of his people saying “hail, King of Scotland” (5.9.27). By killing Macbeth, Macduff brings the crown back to the royal bloodline, and the crown again means authority and respect. Though the crown makes Macbeth appear to be the rightful king, the reality of his guilt hinders him from enjoying the power and leads to his
Following Desdemona’s murder, the satanic allusion in Emilia’s accusations “thou art a devil … thou art rash as fire” reduces Othello’s initially high status of an honourable soldier to that of a “cuckhold”. This loss of his positive image leads to Othello’s self-execution in an act of attempted atonement, portrayed in the paradoxical statement “for nought I did in hate, but all in honour …” demonstrates his preoccupation to salvage his reputation. Othello’s inability to face the consequences of his actions, resulting from his obsession with reputation facilitates his ultimate demise and the pathos in this allows the play to retain relevance with modern
The Tragedy of Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, continuously uses the Blood and Staining motif. The use of this motif emphasizes Macbeths deplorable need to be safely thus, as a tyrant would when murdering those who have cared for him. It also emphasizes character, corruption and death. Macbeths need to be safely thus as a king is a psychological reaction from having murdering a king himself and knowing that rulers aren’t completely untouchable. It also can be a reaction from having known he had completed a wretched task when killing Duncan, so he was automatically concerned for keeping that secret hidden from the world.
When Macbeth was crowned King, Macbeth entered dangerous paranoia, frightful that anyone with bloodlines to the throne, was a threat. By the end of the play, Macbeth is responsible for deaths, all in aspiration of keeping his kingship. Macbeth’s ambition prevents him from seeing his violent path, no longer leaving him a noble